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Potent teams have strong, healthy bonds (access required)

The virtues of teamwork have been extolled by thought leaders, managers, coaches, MBA graduates and the like. However, a collection of intelligent and ambitious individual contributors does not in and of itself make a great team. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles ...

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Tame the chaos and discover clarity (access required)

Many of my clients report feeling scattered as they navigate their day in the role of CEO/firefighter. Their to-do lists are never-ending. Will better priority management and more effective organizational systems improve productivity? Probably. The deeper transformation, however, comes from ...

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So, can we declare a breakdown? (access required)

Have you ever been working on a project and felt bogged down, stuck or frustrated about the lack of progress? Perhaps you pushed harder, conducted more meetings or sent more emails, and still failed to gain real traction. When a ...

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What drives your decision-making process? (access required)

Business leaders make decisions every day, all day long. Some decisions are made in split seconds; others are agonized over for weeks or months. The act of decision-making is a cognitive process resulting in a selection of a belief or ...

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The impact of conflict in construction (access required)

When thinking of conflict in construction, one might consider contract disputes and change orders; or heated discussions on the jobsite; or frustrations between the office and the field. Jobsite conflict certainly has the potential to negatively impact a project’s schedule, ...

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What habits are defining your company? (access required)

Habits are regularly repeated behavioral patterns. They become our routines, our comfort zones. It’s estimated that 40 percent to 45 percent of our daily lives are habitual. These patterns of behavior are repeated so frequently and embedded so deeply that ...

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The power of a good question

An employee walks into your office with a problem. He outlines the challenges and obstacles he is facing on his project and asks for your advice. If you are like most managers, your first impulse is to offer a solution. ...

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Employee engagement is the new black

Business management principles have their trends. It may be a new take on leadership, how to manage your time, build collaborative teams or be more innovative. People tell us the latest and greatest concepts on how we could better manage ...

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Effective feedback can foster business growth

Can I give you some feedback? It’s ironic how this well-intentioned question almost universally stirs up resistance. Anticipating a negative statement, we find our defense mechanisms triggered. And yet, to continue to grow and create the environment of a learning ...

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Don’t forget about what matters most for your business

For a business leader, the quick answer to what matters most might be “profit,” for surely the business cannot continue to exist without it. But why else are you in business? Why are you in this business? What motivates you? ...

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